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Dusting off by John Kirkby

Last March I had the opportunity to go to CAP’s Annual United Conference again, for Centre Managers and their church leaders.

Melissa came with me and we had the privilege of hearing an excellent message from John Kirkby, the founder of CAP.

We were both so keen to share it with the whole church and that’s why we showed it as part of our Words In Season series at the end of June!

Snowdon Sponsored Walk for CAP by Hilaire Leong

CAP Snowdon Walk Blog

It all started with an idea God gave me about 18 months ago. The idea was to raise funds for CAP by doing a sponsored walk up (and down) Mount Snowdon. It took some time for the plan to take shape, but once I committed to it, I found that it took on a life of its own. I sent out emails to gauge interest about 2 months before the chosen date, and to be honest, there wasn’t much! I had guides, now I needed walkers, then I could think about logistics.

Freedom!

I wanted to unpack a bit more about how we can best remain in the vine (John 15:5) so that we can live a life of freedom, a life of bearing the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) for the glory of God! 

 

If you’re reading this and haven’t yet listened to the accompanying podcast, please do take a moment to listen to my message, as this blog will only make sense in light of that!

 

I Surrender All by Fui Mee Quek

In the worlds’ eyes, I had everything: an enviable lifestyle and a loving, successful family. How could I get so anxious and depressed? How dare someone so blessed want to end her life? I was reminded that there were people less fortunate than me - which just made me feel even guiltier. A new business, hormonal changes and a week of sleepless nights had triggered effectively a “nervous breakdown”. I went from being a strong confident GP who was able to host 80 ladies for our church Christmas party to – in just a few weeks - being unable to make simple decisions, prepare meals or drive. I had totally lost control! This made me wholly dependent on my family. Instead of being the “superwoman” they knew me as, I felt useless and a burden. 

Called For A Purpose

After perhaps 45 years of starting the day with a time alone with God, I find I need to chop and change my routines to keep everything fresh. Right now, I’m memorising passages of the gospels, reading the same chapter of Paul’s letters every day for a week, and listening to podcasts on the Old Testament.  No doubt that will change again at some point, but as of this moment it’s working for me!

 

A Fight To The Finish

I was personally impacted by the message I shared on Sunday 8th October, and I hope you were encouraged and strengthened by it, and I don’t just mean by watching Arny ‘gear up’!

 

None of God's word is written by accident, so when it repeats itself, there is always a reason, Paul reminds us 4 times in 4 verses to stand in the battle! It was great to stand with those who are battling this Sunday, we truly are family when we do this.